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Justin Vincent
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Wrote a new algorithmshop.com post on segmenting an image by colors.
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Check out my new blog post exploring how location is related to types of +Snapchat usernames!
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The theater at Leptis Magna, Libya.
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New front room setup! Tiff and I made the bookshelf and painted the walls. All finally came together.
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Photosphere of +Tiffany Washburn and I's cabin out in Hana.
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Yesterday for Google's 10 cent Android app promo I downloaded the game Minecraft. I played it for about 5 minutes, had a "why the hell" experience, and then uninstalled it. Your avatar is a little cube man who runs around a random cube world either making cubes disappear or else summoning cubes of different colors. It looked very ugly, and there is no "point" to any of it.

I wanted to hate on this game. It's stuuupid. I watched some youtube videos though, figuring I was missing something, and my hating thawed. In the attached video, the crafters build a fantasy sky city. A team of people work together to build something artistic. Watching the time-lapse I started out thinking it was a waste of time, but gradually became impressed while seeing the structure come together.

I don't usually think about games. Some questions Minecraft raised.

1. Sure, limitations make games what they are. Why is building a world block by block more fun than using Google SketchUp? The block model allows multiple people to work on the world without many concurrency issues, but I don't think that a social SketchUp would be very engaging. I'm assuming to make the sky city, they probably drew plans in some other program? Why does the medium matter here when both are probably digital and unattractive.

2. I used to play Ultima Online (last game I really got into, back in HS), and there was a mining component there too if you wanted it. The satisfaction in mining was that you were mining as a support character for other characters which would go out and adventure, hitting spiders with clubs and whatnot. Is the end in Minecraft more just the joy of building a sandcastle?

In writing and revising this, I am no longer a Minecraft hater. I can see how it would be fun, and there are a bunch of important questions around why this is a satisfying pastime. I still don't think I'll spend any time on this game though. If I want tedious and pretty work, my first step would probably be web programming. Or sandcastles.

cc +Sierra M Slettvet who thinks about games and +Harper Reed who I think mentioned Minecraft once.
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Puerto Rico's take on the KFC double down :)??

Que rico!
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Dear SkyMall,
I'm madly in love with you. I hope my spuse doesn't find out.
Xo,
-J
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Storm and Sunset (2 photos)
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Storm and Sunset
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